By on September 22, 2014


Our own Jack Baruth is full of praise for Honda’s CVT transmission, and it looks like the 2015 CR-V could be the next vehicle from the Big H to adopt it, replacing the 5-speed automatic gearbox.

While Honda has released just a single photograph of the 2015 CR-V, we have it on good authority that the CVT will be part of the CR-V’s mid-cycle refresh. It’s unlikely that consumers will notice the changeover, despite the howls of protest from certain corners of the enthusiast community. And the CR-V is unlikely to lose its dominant spot on the top of the crossover sales charts.

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32 Comments on “2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Look, New Transmission...”

  • avatar

    What’s to protest?

    It’s a FWD crossover, the people who just want to go from A to B get slightly better MPG, the rest… who’s the rest?

    • 0 avatar

      I guess I’m the rest. We bought a 2006 CR-V because it was one of the only family haulers on the market with available 5-speed stick. This replaced my wife’s 2001 Civic, which also had a stick. We test drove a Mazda-5 with the 5-speed, but it was simply too small inside. My knees were in the dashboard.

      If we were content to settle for an automatic, we would probably not have bought the CR-V. With a CVT? Definitely not.

      • 0 avatar

        I feel your pain, but yours was the last year that was available with an M/T. For the 99.99999% of people that buy a “new” CRV, the CVT is likely a better transmission than the 5AT.

        With the ever shrinking availability of M/T’s, I guess I’ll have to keep my old cars going. I refuse to own an A/T equipped veh (as does my 69 year old mom!!)…she won’t buy a new Civic to replace her 2006, because Honda now only offers the M/T in the cheapo LX, and she wants all the extras.

        • 0 avatar

          I know ’06 was the last year for the MT. We actually bought it CPO when it was 3 years old. I had been researching and looking at vehicles for a couple months, and we were fortunate enough to find it when we did. It’s going to have to last a long time, because there isn’t a suitable replacement on the market (that I know of), and not likely to be in the future.

  • avatar

    CR-V enthusiast? *GUFFAW*

    • 0 avatar

      I kinda recent this comment. After owning my 2nd gen (manual)for 2 years, and having it lowered on H&R’s and adjustabe Konis, it almost felt like an enjoyable car, and I actually missed it a bit after it was totalled. (oncoming driver at fault) I don’t enjoy me 3rd gen (auto) at all though…it’s not even as practical as the older one.

  • avatar

    I’ll have a very close look at the newly updated 2015 CR-V at the end of the month. Stay tuned to this website… just keep hitting F5 until you see it.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I think it looks nice, in spite of my general antipathy toward Honda.

    • 0 avatar

      I like it too. The grille needed more detail, and the lower chrome bit now brings it in line with the Accord. I’m not into the fan blade wheels, as they look like they would collect dirt quickly.

      I’m not a fan of Honda Bugundy either, but in other colors it’s alright.

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    Volt 230

    from talking to different new car buyers, most don’t know or care what kind of transmission their cars have, as long as they don’t have to change gears themselves, Have asked owners of new Nissans how they like their CVT and most respond “huh?” Ditto for the new Corolla most owners could care less if it’s the archaic 4 speed or the new CVT.

    • 0 avatar

      CVTs are indeed the wave of the future – easier and cheaper to build, and generally give better fuel economy for those who care about such things because of its infinitely variable ratios.

      And MOST owners don’t know or care about such things UNTIL they break and they have to fork over the money to get it fixed.

      I favored manual transmission when I was younger but now I choose to opt for a hydraulic step-automatic. It’s fully developed and has a longer lifespan than the CVT. And a better track record.

      • 0 avatar
        Volt 230

        I’m with you, every tranny tech I’ve spoken to lately has warned me about buying a CVT due to all the miles I drive. Like if I were to buy a new Corolla, I’d pick the base model with the 4 speed tranny.

        • 0 avatar

          Volt230, there’s a way to get around the worry, though. Buy or Lease such a vehicle only for the duration of the factory warranty period.

          A family friend of ours had two CVTs go out on her Murano. The first one under factory warranty — lost the use of her car for two weeks. The second time after the factory warranty expired. Then she traded up to a 2012 Grand Cherokee 5.7 with the six-speed hydraulic automatic. Happy camper ever since.

          Leasing is not for everyone though. Several friends of mine buy their cars outright, then trade them off for a brand new one right before the factory warranty expires.

          They have radically changed my way of thinking about car buying and/or keeping a car until the wheels fall off.

          • 0 avatar
            Volt 230

            But for me, that is not viable due to all the miles I drive for work (no compensation), so I need something that will keep on truckin’ after the warranty expires, no CVT for me and no 9 speed Chrysler ZF auto either! I don’t think those CVT can be repaired in house, they need to be swapped with either a rebuilt or new unit. if only the traffic around here were not so congested, I’d get a manual.

          • 0 avatar

            @ Volt 203

            ” I don’t think those CVT can be repaired in house, they need to be swapped with either a rebuilt or new unit.”

            When one thing in a transmission fails, there is no telling how many more parts are ready to let go soon. Rather than fix one part in a broken transmission it is usually more cost effective to replace the entire unit with a quality reman. ALL the failure prone parts have been replaced and the whole unit (and sometimes labor) are covered under a decent warranty.

            The days of a local shop doing one rebuild at a time are going by the wayside; it is more efficient to send the damaged transmission (core) back to a re-manufacturer who has technicians, training, and tooling dedicated to rebuilding that specific model. They know the failure points and have all the parts needed to do a better quality job.

            With that in mind there is really no difference in repairing/replacing a conventional automatic vs. a CVT.

      • 0 avatar

        I keep hearing CVTs are cheaper to build…does that mean the price of the CR-V is dropping?

        • 0 avatar
          Volt 230

          Toad, depends where you go, dealers and most transmission shops do so, the independent guys still fix them in-house to try to save the customers some money, but when it comes to CVT’s most shops are not gonna bother fixing them, only replacing.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree ,people buy this vehicle on past reputation .They are not auto enthusiasts .It is treated like an appliance.They would not know of mechanical details.Most cars even hide the engine under covers.Its a different era.

  • avatar

    Well now, that does look quite a bit better and more up-to-date…

    • 0 avatar

      The rear is still too ‘squashed’ and your NEED roof rails with or without crossbars to give this thing a decent street presence.

      • 0 avatar


        What’s the big idear, Honda? Why you no give us no roof rails?

        I couldn’t imagine having an SUV without roof rails. Where will we put the Christmas Tree? Sniff sniff *tear*

        Even my lady’s GLK has roof rails, and its basically just a fashion accessory.

      • 0 avatar

        Honestly, most SUVs and crossovers these days are now made without genuine roof rails. They just have those decorative chrome runners. And that’s fine; most people don’t use them. But the CR-V is one of the few compact crossovers that is actually prized for its practicality, and I know plenty of people that would want to be able to carry luggage on the roof of their new CR-Vs. So yes, roof rails please…

        • 0 avatar

          The CR-V in the photo has roof rails. Some years they’ve only been standard on EX-L and above models, but they’re on this one. I have no idea about ‘street presence’ and roof rails, but the lower profile the better if you care more about fuel economy and wind noise. Considering it’s a two-row CUV with the best luggage space in the class, strapping stuff to the roof isn’t a priority for the CR-V owners I know. Three row wagons need provisions to put stuff on the roof, which is why three row wagons were such low hanging fruit for minivans.

        • 0 avatar

          I don’t know/care about “street presence” but I use the roof rails to attach a hard shell carrier to our CR-V when we take it tent-camping. That and a bike carrier plugged into the hitch receiver is the only way it can carry all our gear, unless I borrow a friend’s box trailer to tow behind it.

  • avatar

    So they’re basically transplanting the drivetrain from the latest Accord into other vehicles. Does the CR-V also get the direct injected Earth Dreams engine?

    • 0 avatar

      I recently test drove both a 2014 Accord and the 2014 CRV and I can tell you the “old” 5 speed auto in the CRV was noticeably smoother than the “new” CVT in the Accord. In fact the CVT was so annoying, at least compared to all the previous Hondas I’ve owned and driven, that I actually preferred driving the Camry. So this is not good news in my mind.

  • avatar

    It’s funny. So many people commenting on the internet today about how much better the CRV now looks.

    Fact is, none of the sheet metal is changed. None of the greenhouse. It’s a nip tuck on the front and rear.

    It was a beautiful design when it was first unveiled and it remains so.

  • avatar

    What TTAC needs is a Saturation Dive article on the different types of CVT and the benefits of each — last I checked, there were three, and all with wildly different ways of achieving the same thing. No idea about reliability though.

    Note that only one of them uses either a rubber or metal V-belt.

  • avatar

    Nice front end update Honda, could care less about the cvt though, where is the hybrid power train from the Accord??

  • avatar

    Here in ole’ Europe, you can still get it with a 6-speed manual and 2.2 litre Turbodiesel. Or in FWD only with the new 1.6 litre.

    I drive one daily and wouldn’t want anything else than a manual.

  • avatar

    I had a rental Corolla with a CVT a while back, and I’ve been driving a hybrid for the last six months, and I have to say I’m sold on the CVT now. In traffic, the CVT is a lot smoother, and it’s fine on the highway.

    It’s not the best for sporting applications, but what automatic is, other than the really good dual clutch transmissions like Porsche has?

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